How to Learn Calligraphy on Your Own

Calligraphy is a very interesting art as you can see from the video above. Learning how to do calligraphy has become a recent interest of mine and I have become a bit enthralled with the tools and materials necessary to start. One could of course start on their own and learn through a book. However, another great option is to learn through videos like this one but also by taking an online class with full video instructions such as this one from Skillshare:

It is exciting to try and master a new skill which you have no previous experience with. When you look at the different styles of calligraphy that are out there in the world, you realize that it is more than simply fancy writing. Some of the work of master calligraphers is both beautiful and skillfully done.

Calligraphic work is usually done by using either a pen holder with a specific type of nib or by using a fountain pen. Nibs come in many different sizes and points from the more broad edged to pointed pen nibs. The size and the flexibility of the nibs will determine the thickness of the line and what kind of hairlines can be produced while writing. These dip pens can use a wide variety of inks that most fountain pens cannot use because the fountain pen can become clogged if the wrong type of ink is used. Here are the best inks to use in fountain pens courtesy of John Neal Bookseller, the leader in calligraphy supplies in the USA:

If one is interested in learning on their own, there are of course books that can be used in order to do so. Titles such as Mastering Copperplate and Foundations of Calligraphy are very useful tools for beginner letterers, that help with the basics and give a student a solid understanding of the art of calligraphic writing. John Neal also offers complete kits for beginner calligraphers which include ink, pen holders, paper, nibs, and instructional books to help guide a student through practice. For more info please check out:

There are plenty of ways to start learning how to do this fun and challenging art form. The best thing to do in my opinion is to jump right in and learn the basics because it does take quite a while to get down the foundations before moving along. It’s tough work!




Zyzz Bodybuilding Workout Motivational Transformation

Zyzz talks about his workout transformation from a skinny video game nerd to an aesthetic dude. He breaks down his workout and dietary plan for bodybuilding to get that aesthetic look.

Public Health Degrees in North Carolina

Making sure communities are healthy and improving the health of communities is the focus of the science of Public Health. Public health as a career field offers many paths of study from environmental to epidemiology to biostatistics. Public health officials are involved in research for diseases and environmental standards as well as educating the public on pressing health problems and risks.

In the state of North Carolina, there are many public health programs to choose from among the state universities. There are even online options for students who cannot make it to the traditional classroom setting. Public health is comprised of many different disciplines and areas of interest which makes it an ideal choice for so many people. Mathematically inclined people can find opportunities, those interested in other sciences can find opportunities, and those who are simply caring individuals looking to give back to the community can find a spot for themselves within the overall public health field.

Online Public Health Programs in NC

UNC-Greensboro offers a BS degree in Health Studies online under the umbrella of its Public Health program. Traditional students can pursue a degree from UNC-G in Community Health Education.

Here is more info on UNC-G’s Public Health Program:

UNC-Chapel Hill has both traditional and online courses for Public Health majors in its Gillings School of Public Health, including for those seeking their Master’s Degree.

For more info the programs available through Chapel Hill: Public Health Degrees

East Carolina University’s Public Health Program features a path for students seeking entry into the field of environmental health.  This program is a Masters of Science, so those looking for graduate school work available online should strongly consider this as an option.

Further Resources: 

What is Public Health?

List of Online Programs Available in North Carolina

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How to Get Abs for Women

Getting a great set of toned abs takes work and discipline but it doesn’t always have to be a drab affair.  Most of it comes down to diet, first and foremost, and then cardio and direct abdominal exercise to make them really pop.

washboard abs for women

Low carbohydrate diets are a great way to lose the belly fat fast. However, those diets can often be miserable and once the carbs come back into your life the fat will as well. One solution is to cycle the carbohydrates based on daily activity levels. So, for instance, on a heavy training day the carbohydrate intake in the diet would be higher, while on a rest day the carbohydrate intake would be lowered, something like under 100 grams.

This kind of carbohydrate cycling diet helps to maintain energy levels at their peak on days when the work load is heavy and at the same time deliver the benefits of fat loss for low carb diets. As long as the food that is being eaten is complete garbage, fat loss should occur pretty steadily, with only minor adjustments being needed as the weeks progress.

Foods and beverages to avoid:

  • Sugary drinks
  • alcohol
  • candy
  • processed snacks
  • basically anything processed, it’s usually loaded with sodium and fat.
  • Fried foods

Stick to all-natural foods that have been prepared in a healthy way. Something like chicken or fish with rice and a green veggie like broccoli or spinach is a good staple dish to include in a fat loss diet, as it has a good mix of protein and complex carbohydrates with enough fat to help keep hormone production optimal.

Cardio is another important factor. Weight lifting can also be included to help tone and shape the body, not to mention burn even more calories during the day. Cardio can be progressively implemented into an exercise routine with the workouts getting more rigorous as the weeks go by. Switching up the pace and the amount of time spent doing cardio can keep the body on its toes and force it to respond to new challenges.  Something like, sprints on one day and a slow and steady pace the next workout day, followed by another day where the pace is in an interval fashion.

Fat loss doesn’t have to be a huge ordeal. By eliminating certain things from a diet over a period of time and by including progressive workouts the fat will naturally melt off. There will be short periods of stagnation, in which no weight loss will occur. This is simply a sign that adjustments need to be made in order to keep up the progress that has been made.



Chili Relleno Recipe for Home



Sure, this YouTube video is all in Spanish, but shouldn’t that be the case when dealing with homemade chiles rellenos (stuffed chile)? This dish is a staple at Mexican restaurants and is quite delicious indeed.

It consists of roasted poblano peppers stuffed with cheese which is then fried….awesome. Not only that but the relleno usually is stuffed with some kind of meat (ground beef at most places here in the States).  Add to a chile rellenos a nice coating of fresh salsa and you’ve got yourself a tasty treat.

I accidentally ordered this dish once at a Mexican restaurant and it was by far one of my best food ‘mistakes’ because it was pretty damn good overall. Also, excuse the Spanish, if I misused the tenses for chiles rellenos.

Other chiles rellenos recipes:

Chiles Rellenos

Benefits of Lucid Dreaming

Lucid dreaming is a pretty cool phenomena. I mean, think about it, getting to control what you do in your dreams for 6-8 hours each night sounds like a good deal. Flying, fight, frolicking, and other F words we don’t need to get into, as well as, any other thing you can possibly imagine.

There are several methods for inducing lucid dreams. Some people like to use meditation in order to calm their racing thoughts first, which sets the stage to allow them to enhance their awareness and slip into a lucid dream during the night.

Awareness is a key aspect of learning to lucid dream because if you can pay attention to detail during the day, you can do so while in a dream state and be able to become conscious of dreaming. From there, it is just a matter of gaining control over the dreams themselves and creating whatever you can cook up in that big beautiful brain of yours.



Another method that people use to help induce lucid dreaming is by using binaural beats. These are sound tones played at different frequencies, which supposedly can effect a change in the brain which creates a certain state. So, for instance, there are binaural beats which are supposed to work for reducing stress, creating a mellow mood, or mimicking certain drug highs. The binaural beat above is one which has been created for induction of lucidity.

I haven’t had much success with this method. You need to wear headphones during, and I don’t know about you but headphones or ear buds would drive me nuts during sleep. However, there are people who claim to have good results by trying something like binaural beats out.

One step which people often do during their waking hours, who want to have lucid dreams, is to perform reality checks. This would be something like tapping your hand throughout the day, in order to feel the sensation. If you can do this in a dream and the sensation isn’t there it can be easy to become lucid. Here are more steps on lucid dreaming.

Benefits of Lucid Dreaming

  • Enhanced creativity
  • Exploration of consciousness
  • Having fun while you’re asleep
  • Being able to travel anywhere and do anything
  • Increased awareness

For more information about lucid dreaming: